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Telefonica Said in Talks With Freenet, Unitymedia on E-Plus

Telefonica SA is negotiating with smaller German mobile providers including Freenet AG, Drillisch AG and Liberty Global Plc’s Unitymedia KabelBW as it seeks to win European Union approval for its takeover of Royal KPN NV’s E-Plus unit, people familiar with the talks said.

Telefonica is sounding out whether the companies would be interested in obtaining access to its wireless network while building up their own hardware for tasks such as billing and transmitting data to the network backbone, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. United Internet AG is also talking with Telefonica about a guarantee of wholesale access to faster Internet speeds, they said.